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Considering the North East can boast a folk music degree course as well as lay claim to some of the genre’s most respected musicians, it’ll come as no surprise to hear that this year’s Folkworks Durham Gathering offers a corking line-up of folk and traditional musicians. Drawing together a range of established acts, including the likes of Eliza Carthy, Karine Polwart and Sam Sweeney, with a range of up and comers and Folkworks Summer School alumni, the three-day festival celebrates all that’s great about time-honoured traditions and contemporary styles.

Drawing inspiration from Durham University’s Magna Carta exhibition, Women of Rebellion: Songs of Protest and Revolution (Elvet Methodist Church, Thursday 13th) offers up voices of dissent from Karine Polwart, BBC Radio 2’s Folk Singer of the Year Nancy Kerr, fiddle, mandolin and guitar player Gina Le Faux and folk singer and fiddle player Bryony Griffith among others. Saturday 15th’s outdoor concert at Millennium Place will offer up a relaxed concert from over 200 performers, and in the evening the intimate surrounds of Old Cinema Launderette will become the venue for contemporary folk artist Eliza Carthy and melodeon player Saul Rose’s unique pairing.

If all this wasn’t enough, there’s a delightful tea-time concert featuring fiddle player extraordinaire Sam Sweeney and pianist and clog dancer Hannah James (Elvet Methodist Church, Thursday 13th); and a spotlight concert featuring everything from percussion to whistles with performances from Jim Molyneux, Annmarie Grams and Roger Wilson among others (Elvet Methodist Church, Friday 14th)

Folkworks Durham Gathering takes place across various venues in Durham from Thursday 13th until Saturday 15th August.

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